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this one will give us a good sense of how hurricane sandy affected employment. that will do it for me. "cnn newsroom" continues with don lemon. thank you for tuning in. have a great week. and don, looking forward to seeing your show. you were talking about my shoes and someone said, don't tell her that's your usher board uniform. >> which you still have to bring in. i keep asking, where is your usher board uniform, don? >> i was in new york last week and deb let me use her office. >> i even cleaned it up for you. >> thank you, deb. see you soon. always a pleasure. hi, everyone. we are going to get you up to speed on the day's headlines here on cnn. fiscal cliff talks are turning into a high-stakes game of chicken. secretary tim geithner said there's no deal unless republicans agree to raise taxes on the wealthy. >> if they are going to force higher rates on virtually all
americans because they are unwilling to let tax rates go up on 2% of americans, then that's the choice we'll have to make. >> republicans are furious. they don't like democrats drawing a red line in the sand. >> i think we are going over the cliff. it is pretty clear to me they made a political calculation. >> president barack obama and gop leaders held one face to face meeting on the fiscal cliff since the election. that meeting took place more than two weeks ago. the kansas city chiefs suited up and took the field today against carolina. that's despite the shock and horror of yesterday's suicide of linebacker jevon belcher. stay right there with full details in a full report on cnn in just a minute. high winds and heavy rain are pummeling the northwest. the rainfall will continue throughout the day. some places have already seen a
foot of rain since yesterday. people living in northern california, oregon and washington state are bracing for rising rivers and possible mudslides. supporters of mohammad morsi blocked the high court from indefinitely suspending all court sessions. that would suspend a ruling on the drawing up of egypt's new constitution. president morsi declared his decisions are now immune from judicial oversight. it is a frightening and deadly scene in japan. just look at this. at least two cars are still trapped inside a highway tunnel after a massive section of the concrete structure collapsed. police say they have already found several burned bodies inside the rubble about 50 miles west of tokyo. it is not clear what caused the tunnel to cave in or how many
cars were inside at the time. a thousand cars and trucks are stuck on a highway in russia after a major snowstorm caused a backup two days ago. a 30-mile stretch of roadway between moscow and st. petersburg is completely jammed with one lane open in each side. it is so bad that field kitchens have been set up. drivers are also running out of gas to keep their engines running in the subzero temperatures. the double tragedy that stunned an nfl franchise and everyone in its host city. the kansas city chiefs won just their second game of the entire season today after the shock of a teammate's apparent murder-suicide yesterday. and cnn is near arrowhead stadium where the chiefs leadership decided the game must go on. how did the team acknowledge this horrible tragedy? >> reporter: hello, don, from
kansas city. before the game kicked off, a moment of silence for all victims of domestic violence. clearly an attempt by the chiefs to make sure that jovan belcher's girlfriend is not forgotten in all of this as a high profile nfl football player is in the midst of this tragic story. but this was a far cry from any kind of normal nfl football game on a sunday afternoon, don. the stadium was very empty, very quiet throughout much of the game. clearly not a ruccous atmosphere you would usually find at arrowhead stadium. the kansas city chiefs are known for supporting their fan despite this being a rather miserable season that the chiefs are enduring. but after the game the head coach of the football team, romeo crennel spoke to reporters. he was one of the coaches who witnessed jovan belcher killing himself at their practice facility yesterday morning.
>> it is tough when circumstances happen. you can't undo them. you have to rely on each other, your family and friends and rely on your faith. and that's what the team tried to do. today we were able to do that and try to work our way through the tragedy. and knowing that it's not over today it still will go on tomorrow, the next day and the next day. but life is going to go on as well and we have to work through it. >> reporter: there was some talk of whether or not this game would have been canal today. obviously, the nfl football league decided to go on with the game. the players supported that decision. very few clues from players after the game as to what might have transpired. what led people to this murder-suicide yesterday morning. that's one of the things investigators are continuing to look at as well. >> what are police saying? >> reporter: i'm sorry? >> what's the latest from
police? have they had any updates or press conferences recently? >> reporter: nothing today. obviously, we know one of the things that they will be looking at is the relationship between jovan belcher and his girlfriend. what happened here in the last few weeks, was there anything or any warning signs that might have been missed or anything that might have pointed to a tragedy of this magnitude unfolding. so you can imagine that investigators are taking a close look, speaking with family members of hers as well as jovan belcher as well. that work is continues on into today and tomorrow as well. >> ed, thank you very much. families just trying to survive in a war zone. >> as gunfire rings out again, her father takes away the bullet casings she's collected. >> in syria the new normal is unimaginable to you and me.
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syria's government blaming rebels for a deadly car bombing today. the bombing near a mosque in the city of homs killed 15 people and wounded several others. the bloody war started 20 months ago with more than 40,000 people killed. the cnn's arwa damon is here to show us that beloved families are returning to war zones. >> reporter: they are home again but they are cold and broke and still in danger. about a third of the families who fled this area have come back. only to find out that these streets are now on the front
lines. the regime could cut off the main artery for the officials and reopen a route to the airport. on a nearby hilltop, the neighborhood of halabi. the rebels used to control that as well but lost it a month ago. the battle lines are constantly fluid and snipers are a constant threat. the frontline is visible just through here and we can barely make out three bodiebodies. the rebel fighters tell us they are two male and one female. there were five. they managed to extract two but can't reach the others. for the children here, gunfire has become background noise. this 12-year-old hardly notices.
she says she's not afraid anymore. to start with, little haley is also chatty but then gets scared. her father says she thought the rebel fighters with us were forces. despite his efforts to reassure her, she's still anxious and are reason. sala hadidi was shot in the arm at a check point. the bullet was going to hit my daughter, he tells us, but i had just put my arm around her. she, just 4 years old, blinks hard, yes. she ended up drenched in her father's blood. as gunfire rings out again, her father takes away the bullet casings she's collected. nearby a woman who doesn't want to be filmed takes me aside. sometimes i want to die rather than live like this, she whispers.
arwa damon, cnn. all right, everyone, let's talk politics right now. look who is joining me right here in atlanta in the hotlanta. >> in the mother ship of cnn, don lemon. >> i have to say, you're a buddy of mine, we do hang out. even though she's sometimes mean to me on the air. there's el.z. granderson always mean to me. >> we do hang together. it is all a possibility. >> i don't affiliate with any party. you're a republican, he's democrat. 30 days and counting until we go over the fiscal cliff unless
congress in the white house cuts a deal to avoid tax cuts. it sounds like two groups of people are looking at two different sets of numbers. take a look. >> we prefer to do upfront alongside a deal that includes raising rates on americans. we are prepared to do a meaningful amount of spending on the saving side, not just to avoid the damage of the sequester but to help reduce our long-term deficit. >> i was disappointed by the president's proposal. i think it is essentially a rerun of his budget proposal. the revenue proposals are $1.6 trillion in revenue and tax increases. it's a massive tax increase. but also not significant and meaningful in entitlement reforms. >> so, anna, i hear comments like those and remarks by john boehner and the president of the united states and i wonder after the election, did we learn anything? because i -- my reading on the election was that the people, the voters wanted compromise.
and for the people in washington to talk to each other not at each other. that still appears to be what they're doing, no? >> i think right after the election that was the message that even president obama and john boehner and the entire leadership, we saw that incredible image of the minority and majority leaders on both houses come out saying things that sounded like they were going to cooperate. but, you know, only in washington can that mean nothing quickly. but i do think, look, let's put this in perspective. we have a game of chicken going on here with a lot of posturing. there's 30 days to get this done, which for washington time it's like dog years. it's an eternity. one day counts for seven. when they want to get something done, they can get it done. but i think right now you're seeing a lot of public posturing to get the best offer possibly out of the other side. >> l.z.? >> you know, i spent the past couple days out in long beach at the victory fund initiative for
lbjt leaders and talked to a lot of members who work in congress as well other congressional aides and ana is right, it's a lot of posturing and a lot of time. to the rest of us american people when we hear, oh, 30 days left, we are thinking, we are going to die, we are going to die. that's like 20 years. don't forget, there's already the senate voting on something that the house needs to be looking at. and that is allowing the tax cuts to still maintain for those making less than $250,000 a year. that's already on the table. that's already something to talk and move forward with right now. so despite what you heard sunday, i don't think we are as far as they tell you. >> it is far urgent to buy christmas presents than it is -- >> going golfing. >> exactly. than getting this done. >> i actually thought it was good to see president clinton golfing with president obama today because president clinton was able to do this. he was able to triang late in
his second term. he was in there to build legacy and i think that's something that president obama has got to take into store and i hope he continues to get advice from president clinton. >> good point. because it goes on speaking of former presidents, because george w. bush got re-elected in 2004 and he and the republicans were prepared to implement the agenda he ran on, elections of consequences. remember that famous soundbyte? obama ran on higher taxes for the wealthy and won. lz, shouldn't he be making the same argument? that is what he ran on. >> absolutely. you know what i find interesting, if you look at the statistics, many of the blue states that supported president obama are some of the richest states in the country. and so not only did you have him defeat romney pretty handedly in the electoral college, but people willing to sacrifice their own money to make sure that president obama, his policies made it to the white house. you know, it was the exact opposite in just the republicans. some of the red states were some of the poorest states in the
country. so i think it is very interesting that when you see average american citizens who happen to be making a little bit more money willing to sacrifice for the good of the country, i think that's a good message and something to get behind and stand on. >> lz, our producers are here, can we keep them over the break? i want to be the mediator, do we have time for that? can we do that? stay on the other side of the break. i'm starting with the republican and the independent and we'll negotiate to see how we can come to some sort of an agreement. don't get mad now, don't be mad. how we can come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff. we'll be right back.
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we are talking politics and the fiscal cliff. ana and lz are here, we held them over the break. we'll see how this goes, i'm going to mediate with the independent and republican here. here's where we are, the president has said this is on the table, this is where i stand, tax increases for the wealthiest 2% of the country, okay? ana, you're a republican, i hand that to you, what do you they.
>> first of all, the devil is in the detail. how do we define the top 2% of the country? right now it is $250,000 is the definition. well, don, that may be wealthy in some parts of the united states, but it's not wealthy in other parts of the united states. >> so what do you do, how do you count her? >> you raise the cap on what wealthy means. you also put it all on the table as to how you're going to raise taxes. does it necessarily mean raising taxes? could it be getting rid of some deductions? >> so you would say, all right, we are willing to talk about raising taxes but we also want to raise what the minimum requirement is for the wealthiest -- >> he needs to put some skin? the game, some real entitlement reform cutting and spending. >> okay. there you go. lz, next, there's the counter, what happens now? >> you know what? i would be willing to actually move the needle a little bit in the conversation to inkreex the tax rate if we are aggressively able to address the loopholes
and deductions the wealthy get. the number is true, there's a high tax rate there, but because the access that the wealthy get in terms of having the proper lawyers so they can find all the loophole in deductions, they are paying at a much lower rate. so that's actually more the crux. >> she gave me specifics so what is your specific? >> my specific would be -- i will counter with looking at the capital gains tax, actually. and talk about a way of progressively moving that based upon your income and let you have the bush tax cut, but look at the capital gapes because that's actually where a lot of the money is flying out. >> i like the capital gains tax, lz. don't mess with that one. >> no, i don't want to get rid of it, but we can talk about it. >> okay. so we got you. this camera says what? >> three. >> i'm going to do a jon stewart. meet me at camera three. there you go, just counter and start negotiating and we won't have to deal with all this stuff. you heard it from two people,
three people here. we got the ball rolling, so let's go, congress. let's get it done, lawmakers, right? thank you. thank you, guys. >> be like a tennis shoe, just do it. >> thank you, my friend. thank you, lz, appreciate it. good to be back to talk to both of you. >> we miss you here, lz. >> hope you had a great thanksgiving. >> i didn't get an invitation. >> that's because we did not want to invite you. it's a big night here on cnn. an all-star tribute that is live in a few hours. i'm just kidding, some people think i'm serious, and that's when we find out the hero of the year. michelle turner is there, you never know what's happening on this show. she has one of last year's winners with her, he was one of our favorites, how are you guys doing? >> reporter: yes, do you hear him? >> i can't hear him. >> reporter: okay, that's okay. i'll translate in don lemon speak. he says he likes you a lot. you're one of his favorites. >> thank you. i love you. >> reporter: bruno is here and
we are getting ready for heroes 2012, an all-star tribute. we are just a couple hours away from getting things kicked off. what we have been doing all day is reminiscing with our favorite heroes. bruno, of course, last year we were introduced to you and your story and the good work you were doing with kids here in southern california. helping kids who sometimes wouldn't get a good meal just get a nice good bowl of food for the soul. >> i know. can you imagine? i was just counting last night, we started this program seven years ago and we are over 450,000 children that we feed them good pasta so far, which when i cover the numbers i'm like, oh, my god, i did so much. it was unreal to me also. i still can't believe it. >> reporter: now tell me what's happened since you were named one of the top ten heroes of the year and honored with that last year? >> honestly, i tell everybody
that i was a big star in italy. it was amazing. the last month and a half it was a quarter of a million dollars for my own charity, which is amazing. and a new program this year, which is my passion, as you know, feeding the kids, but now it is time to move out of motel family from one room to a two-bedroom apartment. an up-to-date we have already moved 21 families. >> reporter: 21 families living in hotels now have a place to call home. bruno, i have to give you a high five on that one, that's good stuff. these types of stories like bruno's will be mirrored so many times on stage tonight here at heroes. this is one of the really -- i cover so much here in hollywood, so many award ceremonies, but this is the one you come out of
with a smile on your face, you feel empowered and feel inspired. and it just makes you feel good, doesn't it? >> i have to say, ciao, momma! >> bruno is an amazing chef. there are some hungry adults here and we'll take his food as well because we love it. thank you so much, bruno and michelle. cnn is honoring the real hear heros tonight immediately following this show at 8:00 p.m. it will be hosted by our own anderson cooper. a day after one of the players took his girlfriend's life and his own, the kansas city chiefs took to the field this afternoon. reaction from those who were there next. wooohooo....hahaahahaha!
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half past the hour right now. time for a look at the headlines. the fiscal cliff stalemate or n not, we don't know if they can come to an agreement at all. >> john boehner said we are at a stalemate, is that how you would describe things? >> i think we are far apart but we are moving closer together. >> the leading republican predicts doom and gloom. >> i think we are going over the cliff. it is pretty clear to me they have made a political calculation. >> coming up, a conservative host says the whole fiscal cliff is bogus and we should go ahead
and let the country fall over that cliff. the kansas city chiefs won their second game of the season today. it was a game that the coaches and owners decided to play even though the team was rocked by the news that one of their own committed suicide shortly after allegedly killing his girlfriend. >> it was very emotional, but you saw brothers stick together, coaches stick together and everybody stayed strong. this is a great team win. >> reporter: do you think the tragedy had something to do with your team playing better today? >> honestly, if we can erase yesterday, that would be a great blessing, but i think that the team, if that wouldn't have happened, we would have come out and faulgt hard, but that gave us the extra oomph to not take no for an answer. also high winds and heavy rain are pummeling the northwest and the third strong storm of the week is occurring throughout the day. some places have already seen over a foot of rain since
wednesday. people living in northern california, oregon, washington state are bracing for rising rivers and possible mudslides. supporters of president mohammad morsi are protesting and blocked judges from entering. the high court reacted by indefinitely suspending all court sessions. that will propose a ruling on the legit macy of the group drawing up egypt's new constitution. president morsi declared his decisions are now immune from judicial oversight. talk about a traffic jam, thousands of cars and trucks are stuck on a major highway in russia after a snowstorm caused a huge traffic backup two days ago. a 34-mile stretch of road between moscow and st. petersburg is completely jammed. with just one lane in each direction of snow cleared. it is so bad that roadside field kitchens have been set up. drivers are also running out of gas by keeping their engines running in the subzero
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and tax increases if the folks in washington can't work things out. many are calling for compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. that's called into question the anti-tax pledge republicans have signed. iffer some lawmaker that is means no agreement. >> it is not the norquist pledge but the americans no tax reform pledge and the one thing really keeping republicans -- i don't know what republicans stand for. it looks like for this in washington, it's a host of things. at least the democrats are responsible enough to get loans from china. the republicans want to do it without paying for it without any fiscal discipline. at one point the republicans have to do it -- the pledge was the last they based it on. >> nothing was done, though. that's a bad thing, aaron. >> why?
i'm not sure that it is. i'm not sure that this fiscal cliff really is a fiscal cliff. i think that it changes the baseline. republicans get better negotiating position on the other side when they are not scared to death of their own shadow and fearful of not looking reasonable. to think that the same joker who is got us this compromise will somehow get us a better compromise is absolutely silly. some of these guys have been voted out by the american public. maybe we should wait until the new people who have been through this before and just through the campaign, when they come in and change, i just have a hard time believing this congress, the one that got us into the mess we are dealing with, will somehow field a way to get out of it. >> i understand what you're saying about waiting for the new people to come in, but many of the new people coming in and many of the old people still there are not economists, they are not experts on the economy. they are not experts on the fiscal cliff. if you speak to those who know, they will tell you it is a bad thing to go over that cliff. and still you're saying maybe we
should do it. what is -- what's the sense of doing that? >> we have had 17 debt and deficit commissions since 1982 and listened to the experts every time. the national debt went from $1 trillion to $16 trillion. congress does not cut spending. they have been saying for a long time we need a balanced approach. the experts say we need a balanced approach. the so-called fiscal cliff is the most valid approach out of congress and now they don't want to do it. >> what happens if we do go over this cliff, aaron? our credit rating, what it means for those incentives and for the cuts that kick in automatically, what does this mean for us because it is not good by any means. >> see, it is a cliff -- >> you think it's a false deadline. >> i absolutely do. i think that suddenly markets will not crash, the bottom will not fall out. the world will not end. what will happen is that it will
force members of congress to kick the can down the road to actually deal with those things. >> eric, thank you. many believe hitting the fiscal cliff will throw the country back into a recession. either way, we'll have eric erickson back after this plays out to see if it plays out as he sees it. you know, it started out as a toy. look at this. but now it can protect people from landmines. that's next. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars
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every year land mines kill 20,000 people, most of them women, children and the elderly. but despite the mainings and the deaths, they continue to be used as weapons of war and the cost to clear them has been very expensive until now. and an afghan designer that is created low-tech high design minesweeper, something to resemble a tumbleweed.
this looks like something out of a science-fiction movie, what is it? >> it looks like it's out of space, right? >> it is pretty cool looking, though. >> the afghan designer modeled it after toys he used to play with as a child. and the concept here is that you have this, it's about 6 feet in diameter and weighs 154 pounds. and so it's light enough to be propelled by the wind but heavy enough so that when it rolls over the land mines it will detonate them upon contact. and it is made of a bio degradable plastic that's used to model feet on the bottom there and then the actual legs are made of bamboo shoots. >> we have seen balls like this in a little minesweeper thing, tell us how he designed this? >> why did he get the idea? it was a way to make a cheap and affordable technology people could use to survey the lands they live in. especially in the hazardous
terrains. right now the technology and process is very expensive and can cost upwards of $1,000 just to clear one single mine. not to mention that many of these need to be detonated manually. but this mine has an internal gps as well. i want to point this out. where it tracks the areas that it's cleared so you know how many mines it has cleared. but skeptics say, look, it is still a work in progress and it might not be suitable for all terrains. that being said, i want to take a listen to a part of the video where you actually see the -- >> yeah, let's do it. >> with each detonation the device loses one leg. it could destroy several land mines in one journey. >> so it just loses one to two legs? >> one to two legs, don.
when he says cheap, it is about $40. so we are talking thousands of dollars versus $40. >> you're kidding me. >> princess diana, that was her thing. >> we don't hear that much about them anymore. >> the recent statistic we have from the united nations suggests there are 110 million active mines scattered across 70 countries with equal numbers stockpiled around the world still waiting to be planted. that is alarming and shocking to me. but the exhibit, i just want to point out that the inventor of this technology is looking to raise money to mass produce it on a grand scale. and there will be an exhibit for our viewers who are in new york and they can see that in march and in 2013 at the museum of modern art. >> very cool. to me it sounds like a very good idea. i don't know the specifics behind it, but anything you can do to clear the mines, i mean, obviously it will help. >> especially given how big of a problem it still continues to be. >> thank you, appreciate it.
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students than i ever could have hoped to teach in my entire career. >> reporter: and there is still a lot to learn. tom foreman, cnn, baltimore. >> this past week a walmart survey found 78% of parents will buy the same amount of toys for their kids regardless if they were naughty or nice. so are these parents saying some of us are just born naughty? that it's human nature? human behavioral expert wendy walsh is with me now. so, wendy, arer that police officer who gave a homeless guy shoes in new york city this week? this was a time -- >> i love that story. >> i love this story. it's a top story around the country, newspapers, websites, tv, everybody is talking about it. now ultimately it's just a guy giving another guy some shoes which is great, but did that act of kindness get national attention because it's so out of nature? do you think that we're born to be naughty? >> no, absolutely not. and to those parents who buy their kids the same amount of gifts, parents know there are no
such thing as bad children, only misunderstood children, and why did that police officer's wonderful act of altruism give such -- get such national attention, don? because it's in all of us. we felt good watching it. we all have a kind of cellular empathy toward each other, and doing good works of kindness help us feel good. >> wendy, i have to say i do commend this officer. i think he's a great guy. nothing bad about the officer. i was surprised by all the attention that it got because my think something that people do this all the time. i mean, i'm not patting myself on the back, i do things like this. i know you do things like this. most of the people i know do acts of kindness like this all the time and i was surprised by all the attention it got, quite frankly. >> well, it is the holiday season. we are looking for feel-good stories, and when we see these kinds of stories, we feel good. and we are reminded that everyone is basically good and we do care for each other. >> yeah. so that's great. and you know what was even better? he didn't know he was being videotaped or pictures were
being taken, so good for him. good for him. he says new york city police officers do that all the time without the attention that he got so we commend them as well. okay. then what about that expression nice guys finish last? a lot of people are nodding their heads saying if you want to succeed in business or whatever, isn't being nice going to keep you at the bottom of the rung? >> well, you know that even the toughest guys in business have very important foot soldiers around them they take good care of. what we're talking about is social intelligence that you can use to move between groups or move up a ladder, whether it's a corporate ladder or social ladder. so that is also part of our species and it is involved in, you know, being good to each other, but being good to people who can help you rise and being very selective and social intelligence is a special intelligence and not everyone has it. >> oh, wendy, i love you. all right. you know, i believe in the good again. but also commend that officer and we need -- let's hope this
this starts a random act of kindness movement in the country, especially over this holiday season. >> if only for ourself because random acts of kindness have been shown to lift our spirits and lift depression. >> i need it. thank you, wendy. >> all right. take care, don. so here is a new one for you. is a new performance enhancing drug for professional athletes, well, a performance enhancing drug? are pros now taking viagra? that's next. r more than 116 yea, ameriprise financial has worked for their clients' futures. helping millions of americans retire on their terms. when they want. where they want. doing what they want. ameriprise. the strength of a leader in retirement planning. the heart of 10,000 advisors working with you one-to-one. together for your future. ♪
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kansas city chiefs played the carolina panthers today as scheduled and they got just their second victory of the year. it was also just a day of a chiefs player jovan belcher allegedly killed his girlfriend and then drove to the team stadium and committed suicide. we're going to talk about this with terrence moore, sports contributor to cnn.com. terrence, this is an awful, awful story. >> yeah. >> were they right to play this game? >> no question about it. look, if the players want to play and if the coaches want to coach, you play the game. and romeo crennel, who witnessed the suicide, wanted to play, so you play. this is not a november 22nd, 1963, situation, okay? back then the commissioner of the nfl was a guy named pete rosel and he said the worst decision of his life was to play two days after the kennedy
assassination. you still have participants of that weekend who resent him to this day. this is not that. >> this is something completely different. the players have been talking about it. it's a sad situation, but that was the way they honored him partly today. >> yeah, and they won the game. >> and they won the game. >> second victory in 12 games. >> he was looking out for them. let's put it that way. let's talk about college football. national title game is set. alabama won the classic game over georgia last night in atlanta. it was a madhouse here. they're going to play, i know it's notre dame, i like to say notre dame, for the championship. why is this pairing such a big deal? >> i am a little biased because i was born and raised there. you have two of the most storied programs in college football history going against each other. alabama has won two of the last three national championships. the powerhouse going against this miracle team from notre dame. >> look at that.
>> notre dame is very good against the run, they have the ghost, and all those people. >> i was hating on everybody because i was an lsu tiger. i was going for georgia. i was going for georgia because being from lsu, we hate the tide. >> georgia almost won. they were right there. five yards away from winning the gape and they probably should have won the game. >> around the bowl, down the hole, roll tide roll. finally, this is hard to believe. chicago bears receiver brandon marshall says he's heard some players use viagra to improve their game performance. >> some guys, you know, they'll do whatever they can, you know, to get an edge. i have heard of some crazy -- i heard crazy stories. i heard guys using like viagra, seriously, because the blood -- i don't know, it's some crazy stuff. you know, it's